Wommack brings quiet confidence to ASU

A quiet confidence surrounds this Arkansas State Football program. One marked improvement of this football team comes on the defensive side of the ball in form of new Red Wolf Defensive Coordinator Dave Wommack. Call it confidence, call it swagger, the Red Wolves defense is definitely playing with a little extra something.

A quiet confidence surrounds this Arkansas State Football program.

One marked improvement of this football team comes on the defensive side of the ball in form of new Red Wolf Defensive Coordinator Dave Wommack.

Wommack's players has taken to his quiet confidence and has taken on a little of his persona, while also taking a part of their head football coach's personality Hugh Freeze resulting in a little team swagger on this year's squad.

"I don't call it being cocky," said Hugh Freeze. "I call it being confident in what we do."

Wommack admitted in a recent interview with AStateNation that his defensive unit is playing with a lot of confidence lately.

The Red Wolf defense has not allowed a 100 yard rusher this entire season, a fact that several national sports writers are starting to pick up.

"We work hard to stop the run," Wommack said. "Our defensive front has played a major role in this. They have really played well so far this season."

Wommack's defense stopped Virginia Tech's David Lewis from gaining a 100 yards and held the standout back to less than five yards a carry.

"I didn't realize that exact stat, but it's good to know," Wommack said smiling. "We want our kids to enjoy what they doing out on the field. We have turned them loose a little so far this season."

While many fans that watch this Red Wolf defense might think that Wommack is sending blitzes all the time, apparently that's not the case.

"To be honest James, we don't blitz them all the time, usually just about 30 percent of the time," Wommack admitted. "I can't say how proud I am enough about how our guys have played so far this year. They have really bought into what we are doing and it's beginning to pay off."

Wommack realizes that he has another big task ahead of him and his defense this coming weekend.

"Dunbar is a great back," Wommack said. "We will definitely will have to stop the run. North Texas will try to bring a lot of things at us this weekend. They are playing better every week."

Wommack's boss and friend also realizes this.

"North Texas has gotten better each week," Freeze said. "They really showed marked improvement against ULM. I know we will get their best effort."

Freeze is also very happy with the addition of Wommack to his staff.

"Like I said before he was definitely a home run hire for me when I first got hired," Freeze said. "Dave brings a confidence and an experience factor to our defense and he has done a tremendous job with our players."

Confident or cocky?

One thing is for sure, Wommack's defense is paying dividends for the Red Wolves this fall.